New Format
The next issue of this newsletter—on Sept. 20—will have a new format. We will be separating campus news and AASCU news into two separate newsletters. This will allow us to provide you with more detail about what’s happening at AASCU while still allowing us to focus on the news at member institutions.




Statement from AASCU President on the Termination of the DACA Program
We are profoundly disappointed with, and strongly oppose, the administration’s decision to end the Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, under which individuals brought to the United States as children have been provided temporary reprieve from deportation from the only country many of them have ever known. Read statement

Statement of Support & Website for Texas Members in Wake of Harvey
AASCU’s thoughts and prayers are with the people of Texas as they deal with the devastating damage in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. We are greatly encouraged by the acts of generosity from community members and people around the country during this time of extraordinary need. Read the full statement from AASCU’s president, and access the Here for Houston website for ways to support our member schools in the area.

2017 Annual Meeting
The meeting’s theme, Institutional Leaders, Mission Champions: Advocating for Our Vision and Values, acknowledges that we live in disruptive times. The Annual Meeting will address questions that include the following: In what areas can we increase our reach? How do we deepen our positive impact? What strategies and structures will assist us in making the case? See the schedule and register for the Oct. 21-25, 2017, conference here.

2017 Higher Education Government Relations Conference
This conference—with the theme Advancing the Public Higher Education Agenda in a New Era—will feature practical strategies on how individuals in these roles can build a broader base of support for public higher education, engage stakeholders, build coalitions, and employ effective government relations strategies. Participants will hear from a diverse array of seasoned professionals involved in all aspects of the legislative process for insight on how to best advance the public higher education agenda amid polarization, uncertainty and change. Register for the Dec. 6-8 2017, conference here.

Excellence & Innovation Awards
Now in its fourth year, the program honors member institutions for excellence and innovation in major areas of campus life and leadership: teacher education; civic learning and community engagement; international education; leadership development and diversity; regional and economic development; student success and college completion; and sustainability and sustainable development. See the winners here.



Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Teachers may now register for the fall session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game Program (SDSMG) operated by the Black Hills State University Center for Economic Education. The fall session runs Oct. 2-Dec. 8. The SDSMG is a real-time online stock market simulation, where teams of students research and purchase a portfolio of stocks and compete for cash prizes in the middle school, high school and college divisions. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
This summer, a Frostburg State University (FSU) media camp gave 16 Chinese students a three-week crash course in American TV production and culture. The camp included cultural visits to New York; Washington, D.C.; and even a local county fair. Students learned hands-on TV production in Frostburg’s modern FSU-TV3 studios and improved their English language skills. They capped the experience by debuting their productions in FSU’s Multimedia Learning Center and Planetarium. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • The University of Arkansas (UA) at Little Rock and UA-Pulaski Technical College (UA-PTC) announced a collaborative agreement beginning this fall. Students can complete their first two years at UA-PTC in one of four degree areas, and then transfer to UA Little Rock for their final two years. They can choose among 44 bachelor’s degrees in the agreement. As an additional cost savings, UA Little Rock announced a partnership with Rock Region METRO to provide free bus rides to students enrolled at the university. Read more
  • UA at Little Rock welcomed the first 36 participants of the UA Little Rock/CHI St. Vincent Pathway Program, meant to address the shortage of nurses in Arkansas. Students have the opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree as part of an accelerated, 18-month program at UA Little Rock. Upon completion, students can obtain their registered nurse license and begin a nursing career at CHI St. Vincent. Read more

University of Houston-Victoria (Texas)
University College is the new academic home for University of Houston-Victoria’s (UHV) lower-division students. Students are part of University College until they have taken more than 45 credit hours and choose a major. UHV is debuting University College when the fall semester starts on Monday as a way to streamline, consolidate and improve freshmen’s and sophomores’ college experience. One of the goals of University College is to assist students in their transition to the college environment. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Planning is now underway for the upcoming sixth year of the NEW Leadership South Carolina program, a partnership between Winthrop University and the College of Charleston. The program provides training for the next generation of South Carolina’s female policy makers and government leaders. In 2018, NEW Leadership will add a policy focus as a new element. Since its inception in 2013, the program has trained more than 100 women from 21 South Carolina colleges and universities. Read more



Worth Noting

Top 20 College Towns
The college towns of AASCU member schools, including Northern Arizona University, Illinois State University, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Western Washington University, were included in the 2017 American Institute for Economic Research ranking of the top 20 college towns in the United States. Read more



Grants and Gifts

Angelo State University (Texas)
Drs. Azadeh Bolhari and Daniel Castaneda of the Angelo State University engineering faculty, along with former faculty member Dr. Alex Mejia, have been awarded a $99,997 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a new research project on community water quality. Read more

Arkansas State University
Dr. Argelia Lorence, professor of metabolic engineering at Arkansas State University, is co-principal investigator for a project that seeks to identify solutions for heat stress, which causes lower yields in rice. The NSF's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is funding the project that involves three institutions. As co-principal, Lorence's portion of the funding is $1.19 million. Read more

Bemidji State University (Minn.)
Bemidji State University (BSU) will launch a new academic program in January 2018 that aims to bring indigenous knowledge and perspectives into the university’s sustainability efforts. The Gwayakochigewin Collaborative—named after an Ojibwe word meaning “making things right”—joins BSU’s Office of Sustainability, American Indian Resource Center and Department of Languages and Indigenous Studies to create a co-curricular program folding traditional viewpoints into a modern view of sustainability. Read more

California State University, Stanislaus
Stanislaus State received a two-year, $104,096 grant to develop an effective disease management strategy for the endangered San Joaquin kit fox, whose dwindling numbers are being further reduced by a fatal form of mange caused by burrowing mites. The project will be led by Brian Cypher, associate director and research ecologist at the Endangered Species Recovery Program. Read more

Cleveland State University (Ohio)
PNC has awarded Cleveland State University a $750,000 gift to further enhance its award-winning student success initiatives that are designed to improve retention and graduation rates. The funds will be used to create the PNC Mentoring Program and the PNC Scholars Fund. The Program will provide peer mentors to assist incoming freshmen in acclimating to college life. The Fund will offer needed financial assistance to upper-level undergraduate students who have maxed out of financial aid. Read more

University of Toledo (Ohio)
The University’s NURTURES (Networking Urban Resources with Teachers and University to enRich Early Childhood Science) program, which aims to improve the science readiness scores of preschool through third grade students in the Toledo area, was originally supported with a $10 million, five-year NSF grant. The new $991,081 grant is part of a total of $2.25 million in federal funding for the second phase of the program that extends it through 2021. Read more

Western Carolina University (N.C.)
A long-running partnership between Western Carolina University (WCU) and Mission Health System to improve the quality of health care in western North Carolina reached a milestone recently when the federal government awarded a $1.3 million grant to boost the readiness of students graduating from WCU’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Alumna Marsha Ford (1971) has a vivid memory of watching the John F. Kennedy/Richard Nixon debates with her parents. Her mother, Doris Harrison Ford (alumna, 1944), took a keen interest in politics that Marsha plans to honor with a new endowed scholarship at Winthrop University. Funded through a bequest, the Doris Harrison Ford Endowed Scholarship will provide support for students with financial need, with first preference given to political science majors and second preference to mass communication majors. Read more



Awards and Honors

The University of West Alabama
University of West Alabama's (UWA) exercise science (ES) program has been named by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as part of its Education Recognition Program (ERP). The ES program at UWA has seen tremendous growth over the last six years, and faculty say the program will reach a record-high of 200 students by fall 2018. This recognition is the result of commitment from the department and the University to student career development, with a goal of 100 percent job placement. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
UA Little Rock has received more than $600,000 from the Arkansas Department of Education to fund the university’s IDEA Data and Research Center. The $601,775.75 grant will allow the IDEA Data and Research Office to continue its specialized research in quality data reporting and management on special education programs for the Arkansas Department of Education Special Education Unit. Read more




Black Hills State University (S.D.)
In the summer of 2016, Black Hills State University student Rachel Williams built a cosmic ray detector in Italy. This summer, Rachel, a physical science and chemistry major, resided stateside where she dove deeper into nuclear physics through a partnership with Louisiana State University. Rachel completed her research experience with financial support from the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Read more

University of Central Florida
A research team at the University of Central Florida has demonstrated the fastest light pulse ever developed, a 53-attosecond x-ray flash. The group led by Professor Zenghu Chang beat its own record set in 2012: a 67-attosecond extreme ultraviolet light pulse. The research is important for the development of next-generation logic and memory chips for mobile phones and computers that are a thousand times faster than those in use today. Read more

University of Houston-Victoria (Texas)
A UHV senior’s classroom performance recently earned her a pair of prestigious honors from state and national accounting groups. Donna McMullen of Rosenberg was awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board for the 2017-2018 academic year. In addition, she received an Accounting Excellence Award from the Accounting Education Foundation of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. Read more

Weber State University (Utah)
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) funded the High Altitude Reconnaissance Balloon for Outreach and Research (HARBOR) team to capture video from the stratosphere and to measure the atmosphere during the Aug. 21 eclipse. Read more